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Competition to help chubby Gold Coast pets shed the kilos

Can your pet stand to lose some weight?

Competition to help chubby Gold Coast pets shed the kilos

It's not just humans who put on a few extra kilos over Christmas!

Pet obesity is a big issue in Australia, with estimates showing 41% of dogs and a third of cats are overweight.

In response, Petbarn is once again challenging Gold Coast pet owners to enter their furry mates in a weight loss challenge, to help improve their overall health and well-being.

Last year, out of more than 400 entries, Barkley the Labrador from Brisbane won Petbarn's Biggest Pet Loser, losing a whopping 11.2 kilos!

Gold Coast locals with overweight dogs or cats can register for the challenge here to go in the running to participate in the challenge and for your chance to win a $2,000 Petbarn voucher and $1,000 cash.

Local Bundall Petbarn Store Manager, Jody Wentworth says while pudgy pets may look cute, being overweight can cause significant health problems.

“Many pet owners love to treat their pets like family when it comes to food, for example by sharing scraps from the table with their furry friends, however, what we feed our pets counts and it’s important to consider the different nutritional needs of our pets and the right amounts to feed them," she said.